In the night from 26 to 27 September 1983, Stanislav Petrov was on duty at the command post "Serpukhov-15" near Moscow. At 00:15 at the headquarters was declared alert: alert system has demonstrated that the U.S. launched missiles.
Colonel, relying on the expertise and intuition, leadership reported the incident as a false alarm triggered. As it turned out, his conclusions were correct, and the cause of the fault lay in the technical features of the system, says Deutsche Welle.
His act known only to a few, is of great historical importance. "The world has never been so close to the nuclear disaster," – said Heidrun Hannush, chairman of the organization "Friends of Dresden." He do otherwise, the world would understand the tragic fate.
"It sounds maybe a few pompous -" he saved the world ", but in a historical context, the correct assessment. After all the tension in the world at this time was huge, everyone was ready for the fact that at some point one of the sides will cause the first blow. And in this explosive situation the decision Stanislav Petrov was particularly important ", – added Hannush. Stanislav Petrov received the award "for the prevention of conflict and violence," which in 2010 was honored with Mikhail Gorbachev.